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Das Duo: Timo ‘we’re here to win’ Werner & Kai ‘the worst feeling is to lose’ Havertz

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Setting and getting goals

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Chelsea’s multi-year project to return to the top of not only English but European football as well saw massive investment made this summer, despite (or enabled by) the pandemic, resulting in the arrivals of two of the Bundesliga’s brightest talents, Timo Werner and Kai Havertz.

Combined, they cost the team about one Eden Hazard.

And as much as Eden was irreplaceable, the two young German internationals have quickly become key cogs in the new-look Chelsea, even as Lampard shuffles the rest of the pieces around to find the ideal combinations and setups. Werner leads the team in minutes and goals. Havertz is third in the former and second in the latter. They’ve both missed just one of our eleven matches thus far, starting 10 of 11 (only two on the team to be in double digits), and only Tammy Abraham has more assists than either of them.

In short, they’re already entrenched, and already firing — if not on all cylinders, then certainly on most. Which is good since patience has never been a feature of Abramovich Era Chelsea, and these days no one seems to have any.

The players themselves are anxious to see the fruits of their labor and the fruits of Chelsea’s ambitions on the biggest stage.

“We have the goal to go very far in this competition. We’re not here to say, ‘we want to reach the next round and then we’ll see what happens’. We’re here to win the Champions League.”

-Timo Werner; source: Chelsea FC

Werner’s attitude is proper Old Guard, and Havertz is right there with him.

“...you have to win titles and we have big players here, a good coach, so our goal is to win titles — that’s the reason why we are all here, and hopefully we can do that. You are always happiest on the pitch when you win, when you score goals and you make assists.

“The worst feeling in football is to lose games and play bad – after that you have, like, three days in which you only think about the game before. So the best thing is to make sure you win games, score goals and have fun. That has always been the most important thing for me.”

-Kai Havertz; source: Matchday Programme via Football.London

And if that all sounds a bit too optimistic, Timo’s here again to reassure you that it is most certainly not. Not now, and not in the future.

“We have a good chance, not just this year but also in the next years too.”

-Timo Werner; source: Chelsea FC

Make it so.